Philipstown Path

The potential path would connect Cold Spring and Garrison and the important neighborhood amenities in between.

What is the purpose of the path?

The proposed path is in direct response to the Philipstown Community Congress of 2017 at which local residents voted biking and walking paths as their top priority. More recently a pedestrian safety survey for parents of local school children revealed a vast majority welcomed a way of getting to and from school by walking or biking. See the survey here.

Presently the main way that Philipstown residents get from Cold Spring to Garrison is by car. With almost no sidewalks nor bicycle lanes, 9D is dangerous to pedestrians and cyclists, discouraging them from using it. Pedestrians and cyclists that do use it also pose a danger to motorists by making collisions more likely.

How did the idea of a path first come about?

The results of the Philipstown Community Congress prompted the PTC to apply for and duly obtain a technical assistance grant from the National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program.

With this technical assistance, the PTC was able to work on increasing community interest in a multi-use path, meeting with a variety of stakeholders and local experts, conducting research, and exploring possible routes. 

What is the current status of the path?

In 2021, the PTC partnered with the Town of Philipstown and secured the Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant of $37,100 for a feasibility study for the Philipstown Path. The PTC is now working with Weston & Sampson on conducting research and determining the most feasible and desirable option.

How will the local community benefit from the path?

The vision for the path is to create a route that gets people to the neighborhood connections they need to get to, by foot and without a vehicle. The hope is that we will be able to promote healthy living, pedestrian safety, and a greater sense of community by encouraging residents and visitors to walk or bike to a significant number of cultural, heritage, and recreational sites.

The path will also encourage more healthy living and reduce reliance on motorized transit. This will help the Town of Philipstown improve public health and cut its carbon footprint.

What neighborhood attractions and amenities is the path aiming to connect?

The attractions and amenities the path aims to connect include Boscobel House and Gardens (with the seasonal Cold Spring Farmers’ Market), the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center, the Philipstown Park and Philipstown Recreation Center, Manitou School and Garrison Union Free School, Haldane School District, the Desmond-Fish Public Library, and the West Point Foundry Preserve.

The potential path will also connect with other trails in the Hudson Highlands as shown on the Resources page.

What are the next steps?

As part of developing the feasibility study, the committee plans on conducting community outreach and stakeholder engagement in Fall 2022. The feasibility study is almost complete and the initial findings, together with the PTC’s tentative proposals, will be discussed with local residents at community meetings in Q4 2022 (see the Information page for more details).

The PTC is committed to work with the Town of Philipstown and fellow residents to make the proposed path a reality through fundraising, resident engagement, and a plan for path development & maintenance.